Oregon takes on Washington this weekend.

Oregon DC Brady Hoke spoke to reporters following practice on Thursday as the Ducks prepare for No. 5 Washington this Saturday. The game will kickoff at 4:30 p.m. Pacific and the Ducks hope to somehow slow down the Huskies' offensive game. Oregon has not fared well this season on the defensive side of the ball and are giving up 490.4 ypg and 36.2 ppg.

For most of last season the Ducks were the bottom dwellers in the conference in points allowed and total offense allowed. Don Pellum was demoted from his duties as defensive coordinator because of his performance but even with the hiring of Brady Hoke, the Ducks are only one spot better in the conference this season in the two defensive catagories.

Clearly there has been little improvement in fundamental tackling, positionging or swarming to the ball.

This week, the Ducks should have freshman linebacker Troy Dye, who leads the team in tackling, but have lost senior Johnny Ragin III for the season due to injury.

There is really not one area to point at to account for the defensive woes. The Oregon defensive coaches are desperately attempting to turn the corner and see improvement, but it appears the real problem is getting the players to believe and rely on what they have been trained to do in practice.

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